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Coffee or cola: harmful caffeine consumption due to time change


Every fourth person drinks more caffeinated drinks due to the change in time
The time change at the weekend gave us an additional hour of sleep on Sunday, but it brings health problems for many people. The mini jet lag leads to fatigue, among other things. It is therefore not surprising what KKH Kaufmännchen Krankenkasse found in a survey: the time change ensures that more caffeinated drinks are consumed.

Changing the time leads to higher consumption of caffeinated drinks
Whether "To Go", in the favorite cup in the office or steaming hot at the breakfast table: Coffee is popular with many Germans as a pick-me-up. At the moment, the hot beverage is apparently consuming even more than usual. Because, according to a current forsa survey by the KKH commercial health insurance, every fourth person who has problems with the change in time drinks more caffeinated drinks.

Women are more affected by the effects
As the health insurance company reports in a press release, women are generally more affected by the effects of the time change. According to this, 39 percent stated that they struggled with tiredness, irritability or sleep problems after changing the watch. Only one in four of these men experience such problems.

However, according to health experts, the health effects of changing the time go much further. For example, Finnish researchers reported that switching to summer or winter time causes a high risk of stroke. According to an older DAK Gesundheit report, the change in time leads to more heart attacks.

Appreciated as a pick-me-up
For a long time, coffee was considered harmful to health, but it is healthier than most people think. Above all, however, it is valued for its stimulating effect. But how much caffeine is still healthy?

"There is basically no objection to a temporary increase in caffeine consumption," said Simon Kopelke from the KKH service team in Hanover. “It is important that the consumption of coffee and Co. settles down to a normal level after a few days. Because caffeine has addictive potential. "

Caffeine content varies greatly
According to the experts, the caffeine content of a cup of coffee varies by type, preparation and roasting method and is around 30 to 100 milligrams per 100 milliliters.

As the KKH report says, the encouraging effect “usually occurs 15 to 30 minutes after consumption and can last for several hours. How quickly the caffeine is broken down in the body varies from person to person. "

Coffee loses its effectiveness in higher doses
However, coffee in higher doses loses its effectiveness in many cases and is influenced, among other things, by the particular night's sleep. For example, US researchers recently reported that coffee has no effect after a few nights of poor sleep.

Less caffeine in espresso
There is significantly less caffeine in an espresso than in normal filter coffee because the espresso beans only come into contact with the hot water for a short time. The stronger taste is mainly due to the fact that more flavors are pressed out of the bean.

At around ten milligrams per 100 milliliters, cola is also lower in caffeine than coffee. So-called energy drinks with a caffeine content of 32 mg per 100 milliliters are significantly higher than those of cola. (ad)

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